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The five stones of David...

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Whether there is a scriptural point of view I do not know. Based on my experience useing a sling like Davids I know that if I was expecting a serious confrontation I would want smooth stones as they release properly and fly true. Why 5? for me? this is a serious confrontation, for David? When reaching into his pouch it would be easier, five stones would not likely hang up in a corner. David was confident in Jehovah that he would defeat Goliath, but it could have taken two or more attemps. If Goliath saw the first stone and moved aside, the second one would be on it's way before he could recover. 

 

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A musing? (Can't find anything on jw.org or WOL so this is mere speculation) How many brothers did David have? Maybe they symbolized them? Or maybe 'five' was the usual number of stones he picked up and could carry comfortably as he was still young. One would not want to encumber themselves unnecessarily so five may have been the perfect number for David.

 

Not all numbers have a symbolic meaning, but it is interesting the scriptures were specific about how many - maybe this is something for a future reveal?

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2samuel 21:15-   Mentions that Goliath May have had 4 brothers or relatives that David later ran into and killed later on so he may have been aware of these at the time he was facing Goliath 

In those days and that culture there was a ‘blood revenge’ phenomenon  and David May have been prepared to have to defend himself against someone else after he killed Goliath. 

 

Another thought was even though David trusted in Jehovah to give him the victory he didn’t know how many stones it would take; one, two or more. 

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1 hour ago, Stormswift said:

A musing? (Can't find anything on jw.org or WOL so this is mere speculation) How many brothers did David have? Maybe they symbolized them? Or maybe 'five' was the usual number of stones he picked up and could carry comfortably as he was still young. One would not want to encumber themselves unnecessarily so five may have been the perfect number for David.

 

Not all numbers have a symbolic meaning, but it is interesting the scriptures were specific about how many - maybe this is something for a future reveal?

Types and anti-types? :lol:

 

Perhaps it shows we should be prepared to give 100% even though 20% will get the job done...:lol1:

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Maybe 6 stones would not fit :nope: 

 

Perhaps he just grabbed "a handful" and, for him, that was 5 :eek: 

 

Perhaps the Bible writer just wanted to record the number to make us ponder this years later :lol1: 

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I remember that scripture was used at Pioneer School to teach us modesty.

 

David was modest. He trusted that Jehovah would give him the victory but he didn't have so much self-confidence to think he would hit the target at the first try. So he prepared a plan B. He only took five stones because he wouldn't have time to throw more before Goliath reached him, so why carrying more weight?

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3 minutes ago, carlos said:

I remember that scripture was used at Pioneer School to teach us modesty.

 

David was modest. He trusted that Jehovah would give him the victory but he didn't have so much self-confidence to think he would hit the target at the first try. So he prepared a plan B. He only took five stones because he wouldn't have time to throw more before Goliath reached him, so why carrying more weight?

From now on I'll only carry 5 tracts or magazines at a time...:lol:

 

BTW: I'm sure the other four stones are available on eBay..:lol1:

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On 1/22/2019 at 2:25 PM, dilip kumar said:

 

*Puzzle:*

 

David needed only one stone to kill Goliath but why did he pick 5 smooth stones? emoji4.png

 

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I remember the point being brought out that Goliath had brothers.  One wonders how fast David could sling stones.  

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On 1/22/2019 at 2:25 PM, dilip kumar said:

 

*Puzzle:*

 

David needed only one stone to kill Goliath but why did he pick 5 smooth stones? emoji4.png

 

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Perhaps there is no reason other than being prepared well.  

in the past everything had to have some special significance.

I don’t believe it had anything to do with doubt. Jehovah didn’t tell David he would kill him with one stone. We know Jehovah will act for us but We don’t always know how. Some of the battles Israel fought were long drawn out while others were short and miraculous....others were very different, like Jericho where the walls just fell down.  

So although we have strong faith we can’t always presume how (details) Jehovah will act in certain situations.

I recall a CO saying the 5 stones represents our 5 meetings.... Wt. study, public talk, TMS, service meeting and the old book study we used to have in private homes. 

I don’t think they’re saying that anymore.

 

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When we prepare for the ministry, we prepare for many common situations, but perhaps only one if our ‘stones’ is used. Same when the brothers go to court, for instance. They prepare really well, but perhaps only one ‘stone’ will be effective.

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